Thursday, March 08, 2012

Wearin' O' The Green




The fabulous Judy at Life...Minute by Minute has bestowed upon me The Versatile Blogger Award. As with most blogging awards, this one came with a badge, the kind and generous words of the bestower, and, of course, rules. In this case, the rules state that I should share 7 things about myself and pass this award on to 15 other worthy bloggers.

First, the passing along. Since many of my favorite bloggers have previously received this award or a similar one (including quite a few who received it from Judy, as I did), I thought I would instead share links to fifteen specific posts that have especially touched me in some way.* Everyone on this list should consider themselves awarded and should feel free to snag The Versatile Blogger badge and play along if they choose.

As for these posts, some of them are older, some newer. Some of them you may have missed. Some of them you may have already seen, but they're worth checking out again.

1. The Essence of Life Must Be In The Cranberry Bogs by Lynda Grace

2. There's No Place Like Home by Jewels

3. 100 per cent by cdnkaro

4. The Balancing Act I Do by TangledLou

5. An Everyday Presence by Michelle

6. Confession by Nicole

7. Coming To Jeebus by Jane 

8. Thinky Thursday: Truth by The M Half

9. 50 Things I Know At 50 by Word Nerd

10. If Jesus Walked On Water... by Sebtown294

11. Childhood Installment III by Larissa Tenorio

12. Not Enough Words by Mark O'Neill

13. Sanctimony by Leah Marie

14. Making Him Proud: A Letter From A Student by Melanie

15. Civility Rocks by Judy

Now, seven random things you might not know about me. (Please note: I make no guarantee that these are things you might actually want to know about me.)


1. My trailer park white noise machine died an unceremonious death with no warning two nights ago. We tried replacing it with two different fans--neither one makes the "right" white noise to help me sleep. I am forecasting another couple of days of exceptional crankiness on my part until the correct fan can be purchased.

2. The smell of lilacs has reminded me of death for as long as I can remember. I have no idea why.

3. If I were independently wealthy, I would love to drive an ice cream truck. The money wouldn't matter; it would be all about happy kids. And ice cream.

4. Tropical getaways hold zero appeal to me (except maybe the drinks with the little umbrellas, but you can get reasonable approximations of those just about anywhere). I see beautiful photos of tropical lands and think: hot and buggy. Give me the coast of Maine any day (including mid-winter).

5. Whenever anyone in my house clips his or her nails (finger or toe), our dog Nomi eats the clippings from the floor before anyone can clean them up. There are many words I could use to describe this habit of hers: Disgusting. Disturbing. Distressing. Convenient.

6. I am roughly equal parts supremely confident and devastatingly insecure. On a good day, I realize that neither extreme is actually justified.

7. I no longer remember when or how it got started, but at some point, Hubby and I began saying, "Pleh." to each other. "Pleh" has become a weighty little syllable, with many uses and subtle variations. During a debate, it's often deployed in the absence of a logical rebuttal--a little more of a concession than "so what?!" and a little less than "you win." As a stand-alone exclamation, it's a little darker than "humph" and a little sunnier than "ugh." I could go on, but I think I've flaunted our geekiness enough for one day. Wouldn't want to make anyone jealous.

*I hope the fact that I did not follow the rules is somewhat mitigated by the fact that not playing by the rules took considerably longer as it was extremely difficult and time-consuming to pick just one representative post from each of my fine bloggy friends. (However, it did give me the perfect excuse to poke around in all those archives, which is a nice way to spend an afternoon).

23 comments:

  1. I reread a couple of these, and can't wait to read a few more. Then I'll comment again. But for now, I'd like to thank you for the shout-out!

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  2. Thank you for including me! :-D

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  3. I made your list! Thank you!
    But your list of things about you is so incredibly funny that I now have list-anxiety. (I was going to write a list about me over the weekend.)(Dogs are incredibly convenient.)

    Well, pleh. :-) Ha-ha-ha.
    Item #1 on my list: I laugh at my own goofy jokes.
    Love you, Masked Mom!

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    1. Love you, too! I'll stop by to see your list--I'm sure you will have no trouble measuring up. :)

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  4. Thank you for including me in such esteemed company! Congratulations on another well-deserved award, too! I am completely with you on #4. I laughed out loud when I read that. Hot and buggy indeed!

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    1. You're oh so welcome. Not that we have the budget to jet off to the tropics in any case, but Hubby and I periodically argue about that hot and buggy thing. He is in deep denial, in my opinion. :)

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  5. Thanks. You're so kind.
    As for #2, we always picked lilacs and made them into bouquets with snowballs to place on graves on Memorial Day. So, I understand the association.

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    1. I never really thought about their blooming so close to Memorial Day. That actually may be part of it.

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  6. Thank you for including me on your list, I'm honoured to be in such good company! And I like your change to the rules! Incidentally, Ian and I use 'meh' with each other, in the same way. That's very odd- kinda thought we were the only ones who did stuff like that:) p.s. I can't sleep without my ear plugs, so I feel you on the white noise machine. Hope that gets sorted out soon!

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    1. Isn't it nice to find out we're not alone in our goofiness? And Hubby and I were going back and forth about the fan situation. He said, "The one in there now is just as loud as the other one was." And I said, because I was insanely sleep-deprived, "It's not the right OF loud." Because that's a thing, right? We're all set now, though.

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  7. Some rules are actually just "guidelines." Thanks for the mention - - I love your ice cream truck drive aspiration!

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    1. The ice cream truck was a highlight of my existence as a child. I would love to be the bearer of cold, creamy goodness.

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  8. I'll go with number five for the following reasons: dogs eat anything, they are quick, and there are infinitely worse things they could be eating, that would elicit more disgust, and I'll quit while I am ahead. And oh yes, so convenient.

    Thank you for the award. I value it greatly, because I consider you my blogging mentor, a task you had thrust upon you. I also feel honored to be "linked" with such a distinguished set of my colleagues.

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    1. Well, I'm honored to be your mentor (even if drafted into the position). And, rest assured, nail clippings are not the only disturbing (and, okay, kind of convenient) thing our dogs eat by a long shot.

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  9. Thank you for the mention. I am very honored to be included. Your list has introduced me to some new blogs, thanks for that too.

    BTW, Up until this evening my favorite scent used to be lilac :)

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    1. I hope I haven't ruined lilacs for you. ;) I really don't know how that association came to be. Jewels mentioned something above about snowballs and lilacs at the cemetery for Memorial Day. We've never really done that, but I guess the fact that lilacs are in bloom at that time of the year could be related.

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  10. heya! This was so very cool! I think your revision of the "rules" was nifty and quite innovative. Thanks for even thinking about me among your blogging friends. I like these lists that tell random information about the blogger. They are fun. I would love to get to the coast of Maine someday - and points a tad south as well.

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    1. I really miss the coast, as I think I've mentioned (whined about) in the past. It's one of the serious deficits about our current location. Two of the great lakes are about two hours away, but it's not the same.

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  11. Thank you! I love how you changed the rules and might use it myself....if I find the time! And number 5: that is convenient! I'd be okay if that was what our girls ate....

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    1. I think it disturbs me because it's kind of part of a person, you know? Even though it's clearly a disposable part, that we're in the middle of disposing of, it's just icky. BUT! Very convenient! :)

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  12. Who has two thumbs and is behind on her blog reading again? THIS gal!

    Thank you for including me among such excellent company.

    #6 - I'm very much the same way. What IS that?

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